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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / what to do with huge man pants on: August 18, 2008 12:41:32 PM
My brother-in-law gave my husband a pair of dress pants. They're too big for him so I asked if I could have them (not mentioning that I planned to cut them up and do something wonderful, hee hee).

Ultimately I would like to make these into a cute pair of those knee-length fitted shorts for myself, but I've never sewed pants before, so I don't know if that would be hard.

The material is nice, and it's not thick so I could easily sew it on my machine (unlike denim, which my machine patently rejects). Any tips for how I can recon these? They are size huge, so I'll have to change everything: waist, hips, crotch, etc.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / cocktail purse with martini applique on: March 02, 2006 09:29:40 PM
I made this purse to give to my best friend for her birthday. She loves martinis , so I tried to incorporate that into my design.

http://mahi.ucsd.edu/rbulow/PICS/babspurse.jpg
http://mahi.ucsd.edu/rbulow/PICS/babspurse2.jpg

I used this tutorial for the Jordy-style bag http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0

and this tutorial for the zipper pocket http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11808.0

The only thing I changed from the bag pattern is where I left the hole to turn it right side out. The above pattern uses a corner of the lining, I decided to leave the hole along the top edge when stitching the lining into the bag. This helped a lot since I used a pretty stiff interfacing. The closure is velcro, and I made the tag out of a shrinky-dink, which I recently re-discovered thanks to Craftster! This website it so awesome, it has renewed my passion for all things crafty.

The tag says "Just-4-Babs" so it'll be cute and personalized. What do you think?
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / corduroy Jordy bag - climbing the learning curve on: March 01, 2006 11:36:32 AM
OK, here is my first attempt at a Jordy bag:

http://mahi.ucsd.edu/rbulow/PICS/greenjordy.jpg

http://mahi.ucsd.edu/rbulow/PICS/greenjordyinside.jpg

I used this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0 Jordy tutorial
and this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11808.0 zipper pocket tutorial.

I naively thought that the fabric would be stiff enough on its own and the bag wouldn't need a clasp, so I left out interfacing and snaps or velcro. Well, I'm learning... despite how it looks in the photo, the bag is fairly floppy. I added the button closure as an afterthought - it definitely helps. The zipper pocket is awesome, don't need to change that.  Also, the corduroy handle never slides off my shoulder. So that's a plus.

In the future:  1) use interfacing. 2) think ahead about a clasp - I had this idea to put a buttonhole or grommet on each side of the bag and use a men's cufflink as a clasp. Fortunately I have enough of both fabrics left over to try again!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: messenger bag out of Ikea curtains on: February 26, 2006 07:50:26 PM
If you've ever bought curtains from Ikea, you know that for some reason, the good folks over at Ikea think that everyone has 10-foot-tall windows. So, I had a lot of this nice off-white fabric left over after I cut and hemmed the curtains.  Here are the curtains:

http://mahi.ucsd.edu/rbulow/PICS/purse_curtains.jpg

and here is the messenger bag I made from the leftovers. I didn't use a pattern or anything, just kind of eye-balled it using simple rectangular shapes. The three leaves are from some scrap fabric I had laying around.

http://mahi.ucsd.edu/rbulow/PICS/purse_outside.jpg

and here's a detail shot of the inside. I used some of the scrap to line a simple pocket.

http://mahi.ucsd.edu/rbulow/PICS/purse_detail.jpg
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / cute canvas purse (with pic and instructions) on: February 13, 2006 11:46:55 PM
Here's a purse I gave to my boyfriend's brother's girlfriend for Christmas - I had a hard time giving it away! I drew the ladybug using Illustrator and printed it on iron-transfer paper. The antennae didn't want to stick to the canvas so I drew them on with a sharpie. What do you think?

http://mahi.ucsd.edu/rbulow/PERSONAL/CRAFTS/purse_instructions.jpg
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